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Former Canastota mayor honored by community

Former Canastota Mayor Joseph Paone was recognized posthumously in a ceremony Saturday July 11 at Canastota Village Hall. Paone was a member of the Canastota Village Board of Trustees from 1977 to 1981.

He was mayor of the village of Canastota during the time he served the board and between 1987 and 1992. During his first term as mayor, he was responsible for securing monies and funding necessary to build the current village hall and its offices as he saw the construction project through to its completion.

Paone was also active in much state and national organizations, especially veterans' organizations, were he served as a past New York State Commander of the Disabled American Veterans.

For his commitment and dedication to the village and the people of Canastota and the numerous humanitarian causes he championed, a plaque recognizing his accomplishments was erected on the outside of village hall. In this way his memory will live on outside the building where he was instrumental in bringing to fruition.

Mayor Todd Rouse presented a citation to his widow for Paone's dedication to the project. Many of Paone's family members were present to witness the commemoration of the plaque, as was Paone's clerk at the time of his service as mayor, Sena Clark.

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